News - Ancre Somme Association Lurgan
Book Launch 25th March 7.30 Brownlow House Memorial Parade 26th March assemble 14.00
The Ancre Somme Association invites you to their “Victory on the Homefront” booklet launch being held in Brownlow House on Friday 25th March 2016 at 7.30pm.
The purpose of this booklet is to remember those brave British soldiers who were killed in Dublin during the 1916 Rebellion. The booklet is dedicated to Second Lieutenant James H Calvert of the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles who lived in the Avenue Road area of Lurgan. James was gunned down by rebels on Monday 24th April 1916 and is buried in the Seagoe Cemetery in Portadown.
Speakers will include historian and columnist Quincey Dougan, Lt Col Anthony Maher, London Irish Rifles Association Northern Ireland Branch Chairman and historian and author Richard Edgar.
A memorial parade is also being held on Saturday 26th March 2016. A service will be held at Pollock Drive, Lurgan at 2.30pm. The parade will leave Pollock Drive at 3pm and make its way through the Mourneview Estate via Union Street to the War Memorial before heading out along Queen Street, through the Avenue Road Estate and eventually finish at Lurgan Rugby Club.
Details of the parade are as follows:
Date: 26th March 2016 Assembly time: 2pm
Gathering point: Buses are asked to enter Pollock Drive via the Gilford Road entrance. Those attending are asked to then dismount buses before buses return to the Gilford Road via Toberhewny Lane Lower.
Start time: Parade will be addressed at 2.30pm before moving off at 3pm sharp.
Toberhewny Lane Lower
Please note that a wreath laying ceremony shall take place at Lurgan War Memorial and all groups in attendance are invited to lay a wreath.
Finishing point: Lurgan Rugby Club Dismissal: 5pm
The Ancre Somme Association also invites you to join us afterwards in Lurgan Rugby Club where a Cultural Evening shall be held from 5pm-10pm.
We hope that you will share in our belief that it is important that the British soldiers named in this booklet should and must be remembered, just as those who died in foreign lands are remembered. The sacrifice made by Britain’s Gallant Sons during this period of time in history ensured that German guns were silenced not just on the Western Front but also the Home Front.
© 2014 36th Ulster Division Memorial Association